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Travers E. Hough Jr. M.D.

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Travers E. Hough Jr. M.D. Obituary
Travers E. Hough, Jr., M.D. Travers Eugene Hough, Jr., M.D. was born on May 24, 1924 in Mercedes, Texas and died at his home in Austin in the early morning hours of July 2, 2013. He was the eldest of the three sons of Travers Eugene Hough, Sr. and Mattie Estelle James Hough. He graduated high school in Harlingen, Texas in 1941 with his sweetheart, Juanita Hicks. She later became his wife of sixty-eight years. His chemical engineering studies at the University of Texas at Austin were interrupted by World War II, during which he joined the U.S. Navy, receiving his commission and aviator wings. Travers always insisted that he had won W.W.II because the belligerents heard he was coming and gave up before he actually saw action. After the war, he returned to Harlingen to marry Juanita and run a vegetable packing shed with his father and brother, James. In 1951, he decided to become a physician and resumed his education at U.T. Austin. Travers graduated from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1956, served an internship at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and began private family practice in Edinburg, Texas in 1958. He practiced medicine in the Lower Rio Grande Valley for seventeen years. In Edinburg, he was Chief of Staff and Head of Anesthesia at Grandview Hospital. With his close friend and partner, Dr. Charles R. Queen, he led the successful effort to build a new hospital. He routinely made house calls and delivered over 1,000 babies. In 1971, he became a Charter Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, one of the first physicians in the nation to be certified a specialist in Family Practice. In 1975, Travers and Juanita moved to Austin, where he had longed to live. He continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 2002. Travers and Juanita enjoyed U.T. football games, Austin Symphony performances, several dance clubs, and annual skiing trips which they continued into their late seventies. Travers was a talented photographer, essayist, musician, and an avid collector of science fiction. Travers is survived by his wife, Juanita; brothers James George Hough and wife, Connie, and Jerald Patrick Hough, M.D.; daughter Juanita Lynne Hough; sons Travers Alan Hough and wife, Mary, and Steven Gerald Hough, M.D. and wife, Hope; granddaughter Drennan Travers Hough Fuller; grandsons Travers Richard Hough, Travers Charles Alan Hough, Richard Ryan Hough, and Samuel Stone Hough; great granddaughter, Rafaella Daisy Fuller; nephews James George Hough, Jr., Thomas Eugene Hough, and John David Hough; and nieces, Sherryl Elizabeth Hough London and Honey Elizabeth Hough Rae. Travers E. Hough, Jr., M.D. served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Edinburg, Texas and at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas on August 17th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church of Austin or to Caritas of Austin (caritasofaustin.org), where Travers volunteered for many years.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 14, 2013
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